This is from Chapter Five
You can find Dr. Smith's book here on Amazon.
I will post another set of excerpts from this book next week.
C. Smith. Moral Believing Animals: Human Personhood and Culture. ( 2003, Oxford University Press)
|Milwaukee Public Library Stacks|
(c) Lisa Guinther 2013
"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid; that foundation is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw; the work of each builder will become visible...because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done. If what has been built on the foundation survives, the builder will receive a reward. If the work is burned up, the builder will suffer loss; the builder will be saved, but only as through fire."
1 Corinthians 3:11-15
|"David Hume" by Allan Ramsay|
Scottish National Gallery
All religious systems, it is confessed, are subject to great and insuperable difficulties. Each disputant triumphs in his turn, while he carries on an offensive war, and exposes the absurdities, barbarities, and pernicious tenets of his antagonist. But all of them, on the whole, prepare a complete triumphant for the skeptic, who tells them that no system ought ever to be embraced with regard to such subjects: For this plain reason, that no absurdity ought ever to be assented to with regard to any subject. A total suspense of judgment is here our only reasonable recourse. And if every attack, as is commonly observed, and no defense among theologians is successful, how complete must be his victory who remains always, with all mankind, on the offensive, and has himself no fixed station or abiding city which is ever, on any occasion obliged to defend?(p 53)
“ When I talk about girls and women sexualizing themselves, I’m not talking about enjoying looking nice, exercising and eating healthily, coloring hair or wearing makeup. I believe everyone can enjoy looking their best and being healthy without obsessively focusing on their appearance as the primary source of their value. Sexualization comes into the picture when girls and women get to a point where they no longer see their own value outside of their ability to be attractive. In my research with adolescents, church going adolescents were even more likely than non church goers to rate physical attractiveness as linked to a female’s value. When following this up in interviews, I was told by young girls, 'Well there’s nothing else for us to do at church but look good.' and 'It’s our job to sit there and look pretty.' Girls are learning to value themselves only as they can be viewed as attractive to the opposite sex. They begin to see themselves only as objects of other people’s desire, rather than someone who is beautiful and valuable because of the person that God created them to be.”
|Illustration by Tom C. McGee|
"Christian love knows no preferences. I would prefer that people are somewhat like me and that they actually do like me. I would prefer that we have something in common to talk about or that they have something to offer me. I would prefer that they not ask me for money and that they would be reasonable in their political views. But, true love has nothing to do with all that."
|Mere et Enfant, Picasso 1902|
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge MA.